What a jam-packed couple of months it has been for our industry, and it does not seem to be slowing down anytime soon! Whilst there have been several opportunities arising for services such as the funding boost for respite CHSP providers and new grants for CHSP respite services, there has also been continual updates to the overall aged care reforms which providers must be across to best prepare for the next two years. These changes have been initiated as a response to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety and the Australian Department of Health has worked tirelessly to ensure the latest information if available to providers in the form of fact sheets and webinars.
Most recently, the CHSP Extension 2022-23 webinar was held on Wednesday 17 November which gave an overview on the upcoming reforms including the grant extensions for 2022 and 2023 for CHSP services providers. To better support CHSP providers navigate the changes for 2022-23 and beyond, Western Sydney Community Forum has prepared a suite of products. These will be launched on our website in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!
This week was the highly anticipated Let It Shine! CHSP Conference 2021 which was an incredibly rich two days. Leaders across Australia came together to meet, learn, and speak. Featured at the conference were Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck, Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians, Minister for Youth and Sport, Janet Anderson, Aged Care Quality and Safety Commissioner, Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald from the NSW Ageing & Disability Commission, Dr Nick Hartland, First Assistant Secretary In Home Care, the Hon Dr Kay Patterson AO, Age Discrimination Commissioner, Professor Kathy Eager, Director of the Australian Health Services Research Institute and Paul Sadler, CEO of Aged and Community Services. That’s just to mention a few of the speakers, we don’t have the space here to get into each of the incredible speakers who presented in the concurrent sessions but to say that they were amazing is an understatement!
Day two of the conference was solely focused on the aged care workforce and featured a robust discussion with a panel of aged care workforce experts to wrap things up for us. If you registered for the event, you will have access to the recorded conference in the coming weeks. WSCF is proud to have worked with such an incredible conference committee to get this national event off the ground and personally, I would like to thank each of you who I had the opportunity to work with on this committee for your knowledge, experience, and generosity. Goes to show how great we can make this sector and world when we come together and share.
Now you can sit back and relax whilst you make your way through this latest editorial full of helpful resources, the latest news, and upcoming events.
Our team here at WSCF would like to wish you all a safe and happy holiday season. We all know how hard each and every one of you have worked not only this year but for the past 2 years in particular. We hope you have scheduled some time off work to enjoy spending time with those who are most important to you.
Be safe, enjoy the break and we will see you all again in 2022 for the next chapter of this aged care reform!